NTSB Identification: MIA82FA128
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 06, 1982 in ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/06/1983
Aircraft: DOUGLAS DC-3C, registration: N95C
Injuries: 5 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

AFTER A LOCAL MAINTENANCE FLIGHT THE CREW RETURNED TO ST. PETERSBURG TO PRACTICE FULL STOP LANDINGS. SHORTLY AFTER BECOMING AIRBORNE DURING THE 2ND TAKEOFF, THE RIGHT ENG EXPERIENCED A POWER LOSS. THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED TO CLIMB TO ABOUT 50 FT AGL, THEN VEER RIGHT & CRASH EAST OF THE RWY. OTHER THAN A MALFUNCTIONING RIGHT FUEL TANK SELECTOR WHICH ALLOWED FUEL TO BYPASS TO OTHER FUEL TANKS, THERE WAS NO PRE-IMPACT FAILURE/MALFUNCTION. BOTH RIGHT TANKS WERE EMPTY & THE LEFT TANKS CONTAINED ABOUT 175 GALS OF FUEL. HOWEVER, SUBSEQUENT TESTS SHOWED THAT FLUID IN THE RIGHT TANK WOULD BYPASS THE RIGHT FUEL SELECTOR & LEAK INTO THE LEFT TANK WHEN THE ACFT SAT LEFT WING LOW FOR ABOUT 12 HRS. THE ACFT WAS NOT AIRWORTHY IN THAT ALL THE REQUIREMENTS OF AN APPROVED 91.217 INSPECTION PROGRAM WERE NOT COMPLIED WITH. THE PIC HAD 5 HRS AS PIC OF DC-3 DURING THE LAST 5 MONTHS WITH 1 HR & 2 TAKEOFF & LANDINGS THE LAST 90 DAYS. THIS WAS THE FIRST FLIGHT IN A DC-3 FOR THE CO-PILOT WITH NO RECORD OF ANY TRAINING IN THE DC-3.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

INADEQUATE RECURRENT TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

LACK OF RECENT EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE..INADEQUATE..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,SELECTOR/VALVE..INADEQUATE

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